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Club Rugby

Round-Up: Booth has designs on top job

Toby Booth, the London Irish head coach, expressed his ambition to be considered for the England team manager position after his team's 21-17 victory over Wasps on Saturday.

Booth has spent nearly 10 years at Irish since joining as assistant manager of their academy in 2002, before taking the senior team's job in 2008. Asked if he would rule himself out of the running for the vacancy, Booth replied: "No, never. An individual's ambition is to be the best they can be in their chosen field. I have a massive amount of individual ambition."

Booth was speaking after his full-back Tom Homer kicked seven penalties to help Irish record the narrow win and move them up to third in the table. Wasps' Christian Wade scored the only try of the game, earning his team a bonus point, and fly-half Nicky Robinson booted four penalties.

Elsewhere, Leicester's head coach, Richard Cockerill, was pleased with his team's resilience after they prevailed 19-14 at Gloucester, condemning their opponents to a third successive home defeat in all competitions. Toby Flood and Alesana Tuilagi scored Leicester's tries and Cockerill said: "The way the lads kept their composure under pressure was good and we defended very well."